STUDENTS PREPARE FOR FIVE MINUTES OF FAME

Prince's Trust students celebrate achievements

Students from City of Wolverhampton are preparing for their five minutes of fame after completing a scheme designed to help them transform their lives.

The group of six Dudley youngsters, who have just finished a Prince’s Trust self development programme, will be appearing on BBC One’s Lifeline on Sunday 6th November to talk about how the course has benefitted them.

Over the 12 week programme the team took part in an action packed schedule of team building activities, community projects and work experience.

They created a vegetable patch at Gather Cafe in Dudley High Street using old pallets and tyres, so that fresh and healthy food could be created for customers. Money for the project was raised by taking part in a car wash at Haden Cross Fire Station, organising a stall at Dudley market and bag packing at Co-op Sedgley. The group also volunteered at a soup kitchen and organised a quiz night at a sheltered housing scheme.

Team Leader Michaella Evans said: “This team has been one of the most creative and passionate teams I have ever worked with. They have tackled any challenge head on, helping each other through difficult times and created friendships to last a lifetime. They all have bright futures ahead of them.

Alex Buckby, 22, who now hopes to start a catering traineeship, said: “Prince’s Trust has allowed us to show our creative sides and express ourselves in ways we have never been allowed to before.”

Serene Nelson, 23, who hopes to set up her own business as a freelance illustrator, added: “We’ve become better versions of ourselves and made lifelong friends.”

The group were filmed by the BBC at their final presentation event at Gather on October 19, where they celebrated their achievements. They will appear on BBC 1 on Sunday 6th Nov at 4.15pm as part of a segment appealing for people to support the charity.

The Prince’s Trust Team programme gives unemployed young people aged 16 to 25 the chance to learn new skills and improve their confidence and self-esteem through a range of outdoor activities, community work and work experience.

During the programme the young people take part in an action-packed residential week, organise fundraising activities, carry out voluntary work in the community and benefit from two weeks’ work experience with a local employer.

Participants also get help with job searches, writing a CV and interview skills, and will gain national qualifications in first aid and food safety and certificates in employability, team work and community skills.

For further information about The Prince’s Trust, visit www.princes-trust.org.uk or call 0800 842 842.

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